Straight Bourbon from an ancient rule-breaking recipe.
The Haydens were God-fearing pilgrims that moved to the Land of the Free in the 1660s. One of their descendants was Basil Hayden, an innovative Master Distiller who one day in 1796 decided the traditional corn-based mash bill for the Bourb' should contain some rye. His bold move paid off as the tippling folks were absolutely crazy about the novelty, changing the course of Bourbon history forever. Doc Brown to 1992, when Jim Beam introduced their small batch collection of four Bourbons, naming one of them Basil Hayden's. The modern iteration uses a mash bill similar to the one Basil came up with back in the day.
This rye-forward Bourbon is bottled at 40% ABV and it brings an explosion of spice, balanced by herbal notes of peppermint and a hint of fruit. The bottle used to say it's an 8-year-old Bourbon, but now it just says "Artfully Aged", which means uncle Basil doesn't want us asking his age. It's impolite, we suppose. In any case, every drop of Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon is distilled in Clermont, KY, and a wonderful testament to rule-breakers who either don't know the laws of the Old Guard or simply don't give a darn. Its lightness makes it a lovely daily sipper, while every Old Fashioned is better with it.
Good entry level. Second behind Buffalo Trace for me at this level/price
Nice spice and smooth
Great sippin' bourbon. Could become my new everyday sipper.
Rough, but not the absolute bottom
Love this! Smooth with a nice candy bite...reminds me a bit of a more flavorful Jamesons.
This was my gateway into bourbon. Enjoyable drink. Add some ice and notice a sweet treat.
Honestly not great to me. Easy enough to drink but definitely steers away from traditional bourbon notes in my opinion. I think it’s the heavy bitterness and tea notes in the front and the weak finish in the back.
Its not a bad entry level bourbon but I don't recommend it for the price. There are far better Bourbons that are cheaper than this. This has got heat to it but lacks flavor so it is sort of just heat. I'll probably use the rest of this bottle for cocktails just to get rid of it.
The bourbon that started my journey. My boss bought me a shot of this 9 years ago and opened my eyes to the world of bourbon. Smooth and sweet vanilla tones. Easy drinker. Perfect for any occasion and doesn’t break the bank. Can’t go wrong.
Sweet, brown sugar, molasses, slight spice
Lots of spice on the nose. Pretty smooth sipper but not a finish is quick with little flavor after the sip.
The least offensive whiskey I have had. It is what I would recommend non whiskey drinkers try to introduce them to whiskey/bourbon, but not one I would recommend to a seasoned whiskey drinker. Because it's so mild and inoffensive, I used the rest of the bottle as the base for my infinity bottle, and to use up the rest of it.
My absolute favorite so far...
Don’t need it again. Sweet fore. Bitter when you knock the rest back.
Fantastic sipping whiskey.
Heavy butterscotch vibes here with a burnt sugar finish. Pretty sweet.
My introduction to anything above bottom shelf bourbon used for shots. It got me hooked right away. Smooth and easy to drink
Like to make Old Fashioned's from this.
Good bourbon with heat Rye spice flavor. Good for drinks or sipping.
This is my second favorite so far.
Nice smooth daily drinking blend
Spicy and, based on the flavor spiral, I think the aroma is tea. Good sippin.
The finest from only the finest region. If you go to the Derby, they might be serving another brand, but any local will tell you "get a Basil." Smooth and drinkable neat
Excellent bourbon for the price. Very smooth with well-balanced hints of spice. A go-to for sipping neat
Really smooth, nice finish.
My go to even if Blanton’s is on the menu. Strong flavor and goes down smooth. Great for sipping.
For my money, this is my favorite after-a-long-day-at-work whiskey.
Best mellowed with ice for sipping. Too spicy for some cocktails
Great beginner bourbon! It has a nice subtle herbaceous flavor and goes well with any mixer. You can't beat it.
Love it, nice sipper.
Smooth easy drinking and priced low. Perfect for beginner bourbon drinkers.
Favorite go to whiskey
Nice. Went down smooth.
A little spicy, which is nice. Definitely kicks in the back of the mouth with a light burn.
The first bourbon that I could drink neat because it lacks strength and flavor. No burn or noticeable aftertaste.
Smooth sipping whiskey!
Nice flavor, expensive
Lovely carmel-oak nose with a bit of green apple. Full-bodied. A tiny bit of the green apple comes through. Strong spice and a hint of leather. Warming. Residual toasted oak and lingering heat on the finish. A nice powerhouse.
Mellow sweeten with a spicy but not overwhelming finish
Made this scotch drinker get into bourbon. Smooth with a round finish without the harshness some bourbons have. The rye spice is very present, but is balanced out with sweetness. Smooth, pleasantly spiced by the rye, and finishes sweet, almost like a sweet tea.
Amazingly smooth bourbon, rivals Blanton's at a fraction of the cost
Great bourbon, but with the herbal rye flavor that rye fans love. It's a great balance between bourbon and rye and mixes well in Manhattans or Old Fashioneds.
Could be me, but I didn’t care for it.
While i don't consider Basil's the "best" Bourbon you can get it is still my current favorite. Its a great value for a good, classic Kentucky Bourbon as it should be. delicious and easy to drink, on the rocks or in mixes. I have even used this bottle to convert over more than one Scotch fans to Bourbon! X)
Very smooth, some spice to it.
Wanted to like this. Good nose, but surprisingly thin. A strange sensation; there was nearly no flavor nor aftertaste. Although smooth for this price point, absolutely no character.
Love it! Started my bourbon kick.
Nice and smooth. Good bourbon to introduce friends to.
This is my go to bourbon. Smooth with a slight cinnamon finish
Smooth with a slight spice. Good all around bourbon
Smooth. The flavor spiral is on point with this one.
my favorite burbon
Least favorite in the Star Spangled Bourbon tasting kit. Definitely smooth and glad I've checked it off the bucket list. Other than that nothing to really remember it by with the taste or the nose.
Spicy herb flavor, super smooth, very gentle on the palate. Nice for the price, would recommend a dram.
Love it! very smooth!
I consider this the everyday good pour
Love it. Super smooth and tasty
Very nice, mellow sipper. buying another bottle.
Wonderful flavor. Not too strong, smooth and delightful
Slightly sweet nose; very smooth with sweet oaky caramel flavor. Almost no spice. Nice to drink neat
Caramel, fruit. But a little to floral
Always some of the best bang for the buck. A staple.
Great everyday whiskey
Very smooth and not over powering of flavors. It's a drink on any day kinda drink.
One of my go-to bourbons, great in an Old Fashioned or on the rocks.
This is my absolute favorite Bourbon.....so far..
Smooth and easy drinking
My all-time favorite
2 stars only for the rich history. They aged it just long enough to get some color in it. Needs age or at least the solera process to give it some complexity that doesn't beg for a stack of ice cubes.
sharp harsh unrefined flavour
for the price i thought this was a very good start to bourbon. it was smooth and good strait and on the rock. i would definitely buy it again.
Very smooth as an introduction to bourbon and a all around favorite for a bar. Drink neat or on the rocks. Can’t go wrong with this bottle in your personal bar
Very smooth and very clean... a bit to smooth for my taste as I prefer more bite on the finish
It’s a strong, great tasting bourbon. However, the aftertaste won’t burn. It goes down smooth and you can taste the corn, cinnamon, and caramel notes
Smooth but lacking depth.
Smoothest bourbon I’ve found for the price.
Smooth and subtle.
Corn on the nose. Smooth finish but unpleasant spice. Don’t like bourbon it seems.
I am usually a bit cheap I passes this up for a cheaper bottle, then I saw it at the bar and wondered what I could have had. I ordered a double on the rocks and that's when the regret set in. So smooth so clean and worth every cent!
Seriously bland. I was expecting so much more.
Smooth and a bit sweet. Great on rocks or as old fashioned
Bit of a kick. Alittle rough neat but still quite flavorful
very easy to drink. hints of sweet flavors.
Kick. Smoother when watered down
It’s tasty, but nothing mind blowing. Definitely worth the cost, however. Can definitely get much better for a few bucks more.
Sweeter than the spiral says but for a lower price range bourbon it is a solid choice.
Average, not a lot of complexity to the whiskey.
my preferred go to bourbon
My go to bourbon.
Surprisingly smooth due to the port mixture, very easy to drink neat.
Spicy, not as much sweetness as I’d like, but overall easy to drink.
Nice and smooth. Good go to in my book.
High on spice but not much else. Rather body less, lacks the sweet vanilla and caramel flavors possessed by a good bourbon
An essential of bourbon, a classic! Spicy, balances, what’s not to like?
Nice easy drink. Dropped the rating as nothing stands out.
Tea and peppermint
I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this, but I think I found my new favorite bourbon! Crisp, flavorful yet light.
You won’t find a more reasonably priced high quality bourbon!
Great go to in my book. Can’t go wrong with some basil!
This has a sweet first taste and a very mild spicy finish
Wonderful Nose, however tastes pretty average considering how much it’s priced for.
Sweet and light, with light Smokey undertones. An excellent low-cost bourbon for sipping.
A very smooth bourbon!
Best “cheap” bourbon you can buy. Great straight, on the rocks or mixed.
I have tried quite a few spirits, and this is easily in my top 3 choices.
Very easy to drink casually. Smooth and slightly sweet, but with the right amount of kick at the end.
My everyday go to
Fairly smooth, but good bit of burn. Too spicy for me, but probably something a rye lover would enjoy.
A smooth bourbon for a cheap price
Very pleasant, if underwhelming. Solid notes of vanilla and maple, with a charcoal bite... but very soft and delicate on the tongue.
Very smooth. I just got it, so I'll add more later
Smooth and clean, start to finish. Very mild yet full of flavor.
Good buy and a great bourbon 🥃
Good bourbon if you like rye. I really enjoy it.
Great whiskey at a good price! Cheers!
Earlier just this spring is when I had my first, shall we say, academic experience with bourbon. I enjoyed a tour and tasting at Woodford Reserve and our wonderful guide explained the bourbon flavor wheel. As we downed our first tast, the guide explained that it was the rye that gave the bourbon that signature spice. It was at this moment that I first thought "Well, since I'm not a real man, I shall henceforth avoid all high rye bourbons and rye whiskey." If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the whiskey.
I am here today to confess my sins and admit that I am, in fact, a total boob. I had a conversation with Basil Hayden and he showed me the error of my ways.
Thanks to the lower proof, the nose is light with barely any scent of alcohol, but barely any scent of much else either. There is evidence of woody oak, tea, and faint hits of chocolate. The mouth feel is light and thin but oily enough to not feel dry. There is a taste of sweet honey and light vanilla with sweet fruit of undetermined origin on the front of the tongue. In the back of the mouth before the swallow is a pleasant spice to remind you of the higher rye content. The finish is short, crisp, and warm with continued pepper, oak, and if you look closely, leather. A higher proof may have provided more complex flavor, but if an approachable, introductory high rye bourbon is what you seek, Basil Hayden's is the answer.
Wish I would have known it was a half size bottle, this club is starting to disappoint big time. The drink is decent
good, every day, smooth flavorful bourbon. Easy to find, easy on the wallet and another must have in the bar.
Astringent, but weak. Disappointed.
It really is smooth. Will have to have more.
A little spiciness to it. finishes smooth
A "go to" bourbon when I'm willing to splurge
Just buy Fireball and save the money
I found this bottle of Basil Hayden to be one of the best purchases I have a bought since I’ve been buying from you. It is very smooth, great tasting and the price was right. All whom I’ve shared this bottle with have agreed with me the quality of this product is worth twenty stars. look forward to my next purchase of Basil Hayden. Thank you
Good standard bourbon
Very smooth start, with just a enough bite at the end to make you want more. Good sipping bourbon
smooth and spicy without the heat because it's only 80 proof. Easy to drink.
Very good. Smooth with little bite.
I do like rye-forward bourbons and this is a good one. It's smooth with a moderate spiciness. A pleasant sipper, but not a great finish, and not as much punch as I like.
Currently, second only to Woodford Reserved Dbl Oaked for a mid-shelf sip-all-night neat.
solid sipper. a bit spicy
One of my favorites for a local pickup, or to grab when out at a bar or dinner. Smooth, simple, nice finish. Great for anyone new to the bourbon game.
This Basil is mouth watering. Just the right amount of smooth and strong. Yes a grown man drink. I didn't want to open the bottle because it looks so cool or to cool to open lol